We found 56 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie's specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a special interest in thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Rhie is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine. Dr. Rhie trained at Berkshire Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Yung-In Choi's specialty is adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Choi is a graduate of Yonsei University College of Medicine. Dr. Choi trained at Henry Ford Hospital for his residency. He is conversant in Korean. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Osteoporosis, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1201 W. La Veta Avenue; Building: Choc Clinic
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Naidu has received the following distinctions: Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. In addition to English, Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems

Dr. Andrew Reed Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes works as an endocrinologist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Reikes's clinical interests include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Reikes attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors". Dr. Reikes is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Maruja Del Valle Diaz-Arjonilla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Maruja Diaz-Arjonilla works as an adult endocrinologist in Rocklin, CA and Orange, CA. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla attended medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang practices adult endocrinology in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Boston VA Medical Center, Dr. Wang attended medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wang include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). In addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Hirsutism

Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 215
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tran is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism specialist in Orange, CA and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Tran (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Tran graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. He trained at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach for residency. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah is an adult endocrinology specialist in Orange, CA. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Shah is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Madu speaks Igbo. Areas of expertise for Dr. Madu include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Before performing her residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Madu attended the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Madu at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger is an adult endocrinology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rettinger include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. Patients gave Dr. Rettinger an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rettinger's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi practices adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology. He is especially interested in diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kurdi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. After attending the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive S; City Tower, Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Labadzhyan is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Labadzhyan obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is conversant in Armenian.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand's specialty is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Zand is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. Dr. Zand is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Stanley W Cho, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Stanley Cho sees patients in Tustin, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Cho attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cho include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks Spanish and Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Ohri obtained her medical school training at Lady Hardinge Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Glen Scott Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 305
Orange, CA
 

Dr. G. Smith is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Orange County Medical Center. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: warts, diabetes, and menstrual disorders. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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